WOOLF (VIRGINIA) Autograph letter and autograph postcard signed ("Virginia Woolf"), to Peggy Belsher, secretary and clerk at the Hogarth Press, Monks House, the card postmarked 27 December 1934, the letter 10 August [1936], with six letters by Leonard Woolf, photographs and other material

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Lot 233
WOOLF (VIRGINIA)
Autograph letter and autograph postcard signed ("Virginia Woolf"), to Peggy Belsher, secretary and clerk at the Hogarth Press, Monks House, the card postmarked 27 December 1934, the letter 10 August [1936], with six letters by Leonard Woolf, photographs and other material

Sold for £ 3,375 (US$ 4,774) inc. premium
WOOLF (VIRGINIA)
Autograph letter and autograph postcard signed ("Virginia Woolf"), to Peggy Belsher, secretary and clerk at the Hogarth Press, thanking her for the gift of a calendar ("...hope that it will keep me punctual & neat...") and wishing her well on leaving the Press ("...Here we are beginning to pick apples, in the rain, & playing bowls, & getting mushrooms, also in the rain...") and telling her that "I always meant to say how sorry I was you were going – if for no other reason than you were always so kind to me", adding that "I'm not able to work very long hours, but I'm getting on slowly with my proofs"; autograph address on verso of postcard, 3 pages, minor spotting and creasing, 8vo, Monks House, the card postmarked 27 December 1934, the letter 10 August [1936]

Footnotes

  • 'I'M GETTING ON SLOWLY WITH MY PROOFS' – VIRGINIA WOOLF AT WORK ON THE FINAL STAGES OF THE YEARS. The Years had begun its life as a 'Novel-Essay' and was not only her longest, but her most heavily revised work, the final stage taking up most of 1936, and requiring that some 200 pages be cut. 'We had', as Leonard put it in his autobiography, 'a terrifying time with The Years in 1936' (vol.2, pp.299-302). The book was finally published on 15 March 1937; Peggy Belsher's copy being inscribed on 12 March 1937 (sold in these rooms on 15 June, lot 189).

    Included in the lot are six autograph and typed letters by Leonard Woolf to Miss Belsher; the first dated 1 February 1929, offering her the post of Assistant Secretary at the Hogarth Press, and on 7 May 1936 he writes her a letter of recommendation on leaving; on the 29th he tells her "...We had a very pleasant time in Cornwall and it did Mrs Woolf good, although she is not yet really well and will have to be very careful until she has finished her book...". On 27 April 1941 he thanks her for her letter of condolence ("...Mrs Woolf often spoke of you with affection. She had been fairly well until the end of last year. Then symptoms of the old nervous trouble came back & she became very depressed & convinced that this time she would not recover..."); the final letter dating from 1961 ("...I remember the last time I saw you, I think, was when Mrs Woolf and I came to tea with you..."). Also included in the lot are two snapshots of her (one, family tradition has it, at the wheel of Leonard Woolf's car) and an autobiographical note; two snapshots of the Woolf dogs, Sally and Mitzi (one on a postcard to her from Leonard); and letters to her by Anne Olivia Bell, discussing her time at the Press.
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